Team USA Men Sweep Snowboard Big Air World Cup Podium To Start Off The Season

By Gary R. Blockus | Nov. 11, 2017, 5 p.m. (ET)
(L-R) Red Gerard, Chris Corning and Kyle Mack pose on the podium after the FIS Big Air World Cup on Nov. 11, 2017 in Milan, Italy.

 

Chris Corning, Redmond “Red” Gerard and Kyle Mack opened the men’s snowboard big air season on a high note Saturday with a Team USA podium sweep in the FIS Snowboard World Cup Men’s Big Air in Milan, Italy.

Corning won the competition, scoring 182.75 points for the top spot. Gerard’s 163 points earned him second place, while Mack amassed 161.5 for third.

Corning, 18, had two fifth-place world cup finishes last year after qualifying second in both Milan and Alpensia, Korea. He finished second in big air and third in slopestyle at the world championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain, last March. Corning, who hails from Colorado, also won a 2017 junior world title in slopestyle.

Big air makes its Olympic debut in February at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

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Corning led from the jump on his first run, scoring 89.50 points, then added 93.25 on his second.

Gerard, 17, who grew up in Ohio and Colorado, recorded his highest world cup finish, improving upon his third-place finish in slopestyle from Kreischberg, Austria, last January. His best run in Milan was his third, scoring 85.50.

The 20-year-old Mack, a Detroit native, earned his first world cup podium. He won 2015 world championship bronze medals in slopestyle and big air in Kreischberg. Mack’s best run was his second, where he pulled in 86.00 points.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.